JAMMU, Mar 10: In a simple and impressive function held in Bathindhi at the residence of National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah, a large number of youth from Muslim United Front Jammu joined NC.
Dr Farooq Abdullah inducted them to the party fold through the patron of Muslim United Front, Israr Khan, treasurer, NC Jammu. Mustafa Kamal, additional general secretary of NC and Devinder Rana, provincial president, NC Jammu, welcomed the youth into the party. Ratan Lal Gupta, provincial secretary, was also present on the occasion.
While welcoming the new entrants, Dr Abdullah exhorted these youth to unite under a common leadership and party so that their voices are heard. He expressed hope that these youth will prove to be an asset for the party and they will work towards peace and communal harmony in Jammu, which is the need of the hour.
Devinder Singh Rana also addressed the gathering. Prominent among those who the NC include Shuja Zaffar (chairman, Jammu Muslim United Front), Qazi Imran (president of the Front), Hanif Choudhary (senior vice president), Sajad Sheikh (general secretary), Bashir Qureshi (press secretary) and the coordinators of the party, Mohd Sadiq, Mohsin Salaria, Munna Qureshi, Rashid Sheikh, Zakir Ahmed and Mohd Arif, besides all office bearers of Sidra, Birpur, Bathindi and Nagrota.
Meanwhile, retired Chief Engineer Abdul Hamid Sheikh joined National Conference in presence of Dr Farooq Abdullah.
Welcoming Abdul Hamid Sheikh in the party fold, Dr Farooq Abdullah hoped that he will work for strengthening NC at the grassroot level and help in achieving the objective of empowering people politically and mitigating their problems.
Abdul Hamid Sheikh, who hails from Surankote in Poonch District, reposed his faith in the leadership of Dr Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah, saying National Conference alone can steer the State to peace and progress.